Prayer

“On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 86
Thought to Consider . . .
Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.
AACRONYMS
CRAP
Carry Resentments Against People Continue reading “Prayer”

Choices

“Our necessities are certainly immense and compelling. Each of us must conform reasonably well to AA’s Steps and Traditions, or else we shall go mad or die of alcoholism. Therefore the compulsion among most of us to survive and grow soon becomes far stronger than the temptation to drink or misbehave. Literally, we must ‘do or die.’ So we make the choice to live. This, in turn, means the choice of AA principles, practices, and attitudes. This is our first great and critical choice. Admittedly, this is made under the fearful and immediate lash of John Barleycorn, the killer. Plainly enough, this first choice is far more a necessity than it is an act of virtue.”
Bill W., May 1960
1988AAGrapevine, The Language of the Heart, pp. 301-2

Thought to Consider . . .

It was either AA or amen.

AACRONYMS

AA
Attitude Adjustment Continue reading “Choices”

Compulsion

“It helped me a great deal to become convinced that alcoholism was a disease, not a moral issue; that I had been drinking as a result of a compulsion, even though I had not been aware of the compulsion at the time; and that sobriety was not a matter of willpower. I was afraid to let go of what I had in order to try something new; there was a certain sense of security in the familiar. At last, acceptance proved to be the key to my drinking problem. When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417 4th Edition

Thought to Consider . . .

I have learned what a heart full of gratitude feels like.

AACRONYMS

PACE
Positive Attitudes Change Everything Continue reading “Compulsion”

Acceptance

“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417 4th Edition
Note: Dr. Paul O., author of these words, passed away 5.12.00.

Thought to Consider . . .

“My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance.”
Dr. Paul O., Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417

AACRONYMS

ABC
Acceptance, Belief, Change Continue reading “Acceptance”

Defiance

“‘As psychiatrists have often observed, defiance is the outstanding characteristic of many an alcoholic. When we encountered AA, the fallacy of our defiance was revealed. At no time had we asked what God’s will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be. No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance. In AA we saw the fruits of this belief: men and women spared from alcohol’s final catastrophe.'”
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 31

Thought to Consider . . .

While it isn’t always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.

AACRONYMS

SIT
Stay In Today Continue reading “Defiance”

Martyrdom

“Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudlin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford.”
Bill W., Letter, 1966
As Bill Sees It, p. 238

T
hought to Consider . . .

I can’t have a better tomorrow if I am thinking about yesterday all the time.

AACRONYMS

PEACE

Praying Energetically Always Creates Ease

Just For Today!

Continue reading “Martyrdom”